LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. - As many of you already know, I've been an Atlanta Braves fan for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Charleston, S.C., summers never went by without a trip to Georgia to cheer for my favorite team at Fulton County Stadium and later Turner Field.
A big reason for Statesboro's 3-0 start has been the pitching, including senior standout Forrest Robertson.
The Statesboro Diamond Devils, ranked 10th in the ga.sports.com coach's poll in AAAA, opened their new field at Mill Creek with a 14-4 win over Benedictine on Tuesday.
The Statesboro Blue Devils ended their season with a 71-50 loss to Griffin Thursday night in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA state tournament. Their performance was not very impressive that night, but considering what type of team head coach Lee Hill had this year, an 18-12 finish and a run to the second round of the state tourney was more than he could have hoped for.
Saturday night in Savannah, Portal High experienced something which hadn't happened to them to much during the 2006-2007 season: a cold shooting night.
BROOKLET - Brandon Mock pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout and Tagg Lanier went 4-for-4 with a triple, a double and three runs scored as the Portal Panthers topped the Tattnall County Battle Creek Warriors 9-0 on the final day of the SEB Yellow Jacket baseball tournament.
BROOKLET - It took two extra innings, but - on the strength of a David Ogden sacrifice RBI - the West Laurens Raiders defeated the Southeast Bulloch Yellow Jackets 6-5 on the fourth day of the SEB Yellow Jacket baseball tournament.
SAVANNAH - The Portal Panthers took a 12-8 lead after one, but a cold shooting night doomed PHS in a 58-39 loss to Terrell County Saturday in the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class A state tournament.
MACON - Too much speed, too much size and too much talent - the Griffin Bears (17-10) jumped out early on Statesboro and never looked back, advancing to the Elite 8 of the GHSA Class AAAA tournament Thursday night at Mercer University with a 71-50. Griffin will face North Clayton Saturday at 5:30 p.m. for a chance at the Final Four.
From Staff Reports
When it comes to milking the clock it is evident the Portal basketball team is not made up of a group of farmers.
Brett Rivers pitched a complete game and Brandon Mock scored three times and drove in two as the Portal Panthers topped the Claxton Tigers 16-6 on the third day of the SEB Yellow Jacket tournament.
Statesboro senior Morgan Doty knows his role. The 6-foot-3 senior has come off the bench for most of the 2006-2007 season. After a good few days of practice last week, Doty earned a start against upstart Whitewater in the first round of the AAAA state tournament.
It's not too often that teams from different region meet three times in the same season, but that will be the case tonight when Statesboro travels to Macon to face Griffin at Mercer University in the second round of the GHSA Class AAAA state tournament.
Win back-to-back region and state titles, win over 20 games in a row and go undefeated - those are the lofty goals of the Lady Lions of Trinity Christian, who open the season today against Abundant Life at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Prosecutors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will not be allowed to introduce evidence about the shooting of a Hernandez friend in Florida a few months before the killing, a judge ruled Wednesday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Hold that gold watch. Peyton Manning is taking one more shot at the silver trophy.
The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status.
ATLANTA - North Carolina needed a boost after failing to win consecutive games in a rough February.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death.
ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Al Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to win their fifth straight game, 104-96 over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.
BOSTON - There is a defensive end heading for free agency who had 15 sacks in his last full season. The kind of player a team can build a pass rush around, if he were spending more time on the football field and less in the courts fighting domestic abuse charges.
NFL games have begun for 2015.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Whether he was piling up majors or playing so poorly that he lost his PGA Tour card, Padraig Harrington never wavered from one goal in golf. Just get him anywhere near the lead with nine holes to play, and he would happily take his chances.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Ian Poulter didn't realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.
Whether it's games, recruiting, practicing or just general discussion, football season never really ends in Statesboro.
MIAMI - Even without four players, the Atlanta Hawks had more than enough.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Padraig Harrington is a 36-hole leader on the PGA Tour for the first time in nearly five years and he knows he has a long way to go.
CHICAGO - The Chicago Bulls can breathe a little easier. They expect Derrick Rose to return this season from his latest knee surgery.
In his first season as Georgia Southern head coach, Willie Fritz guided the Eagles to a Sun Belt Championship in their inaugural season at the FBS level. Georgia Southern finished the season with a 9-3 mark, including a perfect 8-0 run through Sun Belt competition.